Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship is a $30,000 merit-based grant awarded to undergraduate students, who wish financial support to attend graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector or elsewhere in public service.

Candidates must:

  • attend an accredited U.S. college or university and be nominated by the institution's Truman Faculty
  • Representative (candidates MAY NOT apply directly),
  • be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals,
  • complete an application and write a policy recommendation,
  • be in the upper quarter of their junior class, except for residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Northern Marianas who must be in their senior class.

The Foundation seeks candidates who:

  • have extensive records of public and community service,
  • are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and
  • have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills.

Nomination Deadline

The complete nomination package must be received by late January, by the Truman Scholarship Foundation, 712 Jackson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20006

For more information on the Truman scholarship:

Preliminary application

Students who wish to be considered for USD’s nomination to the Truman Scholars Fellowship must submit, by October 15, a preliminary application. This application must include:

  1. A one-page cover letter that describes your plans for graduate school and career, and why the Truman Fellowship would help you achieve those goals.
  2. A resume or cv that lists your campus and community service, internships, honors, and awards in both high school and college
  3. A printout of your transcript
  4. An outline of the policy proposal that you will prepare for the Truman application
  5. A list of three faculty members or professional supervisors whom you would ask to write letters of recommendation on your behalf if selected to complete a full application. Please include a brief description of your relationship to this reference, and why you think they would write a strong letter on your behalf.

Submit all five required elements as hard copies, in an envelope addressed to Dr. Casey Dominguez, Department of Political Science and International Relations, 261 IPJ.

Full application

Only students who meet Truman scholars selection criteria will be asked to complete a full application. These students will be notified on a rolling basis within one week of their submission of the preliminary application. Full application for nomination by USD to the Truman Scholarship Program, due December 1 to Dr. Dominguez:

The full application is exactly what you will submit to the Truman program.

  1. A completed copy of the Truman application form
  2. Policy proposal
  3. Three confidential letters of recommendation
  4. A transcript

Students selected for nomination by USD will be notified during mid-December and instructed how to submit their full application to the Truman program.